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Stephen Colbert Geeks Out With Elon Musk: VIDEO


Inventor, entrepreneur, space enthusiast and all-around object of nerd lust Elon Musk sat down with Stephen Colbert to discuss his Grasshopper Rocket, his car company Tesla, SpaceX (which has been sending payloads to the international space station (ISS) and plans to one day send humans to ISS in a sort of space taxi) and the possibility of sending a manned mission to Mars.

Asked by Colbert if he was planning to send people to Mars, Musk replied that he aspires to. Despite being what he calls a “fixer-upper of a planet”, Musk explained he sees two main reasons to send people to Mars. First, 

“If humanity is on more than one planet, if we’re a multi-planet species…then civilization as we know it, humanity as we know it, the light of consciousness is likely to propagate to the future much further than if we’re a single planet species.”

And second, 

“It would be the greatest adventure ever. It would be really exciting and inspiring.”

Get your geek on, AFTER THE JUMP…


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  1. Sorry vids only play in the USA... sigh

    Posted by: SeanR | Jul 26, 2014 10:41:44 AM

  2. Yes, being multi-planetary would be great -- until the missionaries arrive.

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Jul 26, 2014 12:11:05 PM

  3. My understanding we could never survive long or live off Earth due to the adverse effects on human physiology from the loss of gravity. Until this issue is solved, I don't think it's possible to colonize Mars.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 26, 2014 12:32:22 PM

  4. Trigger Warning: Autoplay

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 26, 2014 1:23:39 PM

  5. Ratbastard is correct, until the technology is there to have a gravitational field present at any Mars colony, it's just a fantasy.

    I personally don't care if our species survives, but if it's going to, it has to colonize other planets, because in 50-100 years there's a good chance our planet will be uninhabitable.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 26, 2014 1:36:49 PM

  6. 'Mars is a great fixer-upper'.
    If Elon isn't gay at the least he has good gay sensibilities.

    Posted by: Musk For Men? | Jul 26, 2014 4:31:53 PM

  7. am I the only one who thought Elon Musk was a 1970s men's cologne at first?

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 27, 2014 9:50:40 AM

  8. Serious. Geek. Lust. Elon Musk is the sexiest man alive.

    Posted by: mdnc | Jul 27, 2014 12:15:36 PM

  9. Um...you guys know Mars has gravity, right?

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 27, 2014 3:20:10 PM

  10. Love Colbert, but I'm disappointed at the amount of fluff in this interview. Conan's "serious" series would have asked a lot more important questions. This guy is special and we really should pick his brain more.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 28, 2014 11:21:16 AM

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